Bloody Traces on White Paper

In the past Indonesia’s biggest paper and pulp producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) used to produce negative headlines. Due to its deforestation, the company was heavily criticised by environmental activists. The company has also been in focus for the displacement of indigenous peoples and even cases of homicide.1

The company nowadays highlights its sustainability approach and claims to use resources deliberately and to have stopped deforestation. Even Greenpeace had recognized the company´s reduced deforestation after a successful campaign implementation against APP.2

However, the non-governmental organization has now revoked its cooperation with the company, reacting on reports that an Indonesian activist paid his environmental struggle with his life. According to witnesses, seven security members, contracted by APP, heavily ill-treated the victim thus causing his death.3


  1. http://www.robinwood.de/wordpress/blog/tropenwald/2015/03/brutaler-mord-sicherheitskraefte-des-papiergiganten-app-toeten-dorfbewohner/ (accessed on 10.03.2015) []
  2. http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/waelder/mehr-als-nur-schwuere-auf-papier (accessed on 10.03.2015) []
  3. http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/pulp-paper/news/2015/03/indonesia-asia-pulp-and-paper-security-guards-beat-farmers-union-acti (accessed on 10.03.2015) []